The Hub

Our Supported Workshop

The Hub was established in 2012 as our workshop to provide unique opportunities for people with mild to moderate learning support needs.  This is managed by an experienced coordinator responsible for planning activities tailored to each individual.

The tasks are similar to those in the main workshop which may include;

  • Cleaning and refurbishing hand tools
  • Sorting and packaging haberdashery, crafts and wool
  • General administrative tasks
  • Supporting our recycling efforts

Attendees learn valuable life lessons and skills, such as perseverance, patience and teamwork by participating in meaningful tasks and seeing them through to completion. We also make sure to take time away from workshop duties to allow everyone to express themselves creatively through various arts and crafts projects. 

The Hub is a safe and secure environment for participants to get involved in and feel a sense of purpose and value for their contribution. It also creates a wonderfully supportive environment allowing friendships to be created and nurtured. It also teaches them how to act appropriately in the workplace and make the steps towards employment or voluntary work.

There is a small fee (half-day or full day) per participant which can be funded by county or local council grants. 

Days of operation

Monday and Tuesday 10:00 am to 15:30 pm

Benefits to being part of The Hub

Working as part of a team
Increasing confidence and life skills
Empowering independence
Building communication and social skills
Improving literacy and numeracy
Developing a sense of pride 

BENJAMIN’S STORY

Benjamin (Benji as he likes to be called) lives with Pat and Trevor, in Amersham, through a Shared Lives Scheme. He lives with them as a family member and joins in everything they do. Benji is 28 years old.

Benji was unable to travel on his own, but wanted to do something useful away from home. He applied to go to Workaid and was accepted. This gave Benji the reason to start to be able to travel independently.

Benji looks forward to his visits to Workaid each Monday and Tuesday. He gets himself ready and just before 9am goes out of the house after saying he is on his way to his work. He walks to the bus stop in town and catches the Number 1 bus which takes him to Chesham. Here he will pop into W H Smith to buy himself a drink and then continue his walk to the Workaid workshop.

Benji has increased his independence through Workaid and comes back home in the afternoon usually saying he has worked on plugs, drill bits or generally helped Barbara.

Benji enjoys the camaraderie of being in an environment of a variety of characters and sometimes buys a newspaper so he can talk about football or more particularly Chelsea, the team he supports and loves.

Overall, Benji is very happy with his life and Workaid is now a very important part in that life. Hopefully this will continue and help him develop more skills including listening to instructions and helping others. (June 2018)

CHIF’S STORY

As told by his mother… Chif loves coming to The Hub. He enjoys the social aspect and doing important tasks, which give him a feeling of being normal as it means he ‘goes’ to work. This helps foster a feeling of well being and self worth.

The Hub helps give Chif a sense of independency in a safe environment. It has helped him by travelling to the factory by himself.

Chif likes helping. He has a sense of being useful, of being a part of a team. He feels good about helping Workaid, because they help people. It also helps with his dexterity, sorting small things out. It helps him to learn to be more concentrated on the tasks in hand. He has developed a more grown up attitude to the importance of getting to places on time, of being reliable and making sure that you know when he cannot be with you. He remembers to tell me to let you know.

Chif sees The Hub as a ‘Proper’ job. He would never, not want to go, apart from holidays. The support The Hub gives is of immense value, as they accept Chif as a useful member of society and of the team. A value beyond words in an increasingly difficult time of cutbacks and in a society, which does not value those less able.

The Hub also gives Chris and I, a day when we can do things without Chif….very valuable in itself and we would all, Chif, Chris and I, be ‘poorer’ without it. In fact if there was no Hub, we would struggle to keep Chif as happy as he is…. The secret is being occupied in a worthwhile task.

Thank you seems inadequate. The Hub is such a blessing for someone like Chif. There is nothing which fills the gap between those more able and those less able…. Chif and the like would otherwise slip in the gap. (July 2018)